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Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos on cover of Variety — interview by N.Y. bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh:

  • Sarandos on Disney starting its own streams: "I would say that the relationship between studios and networks has always been that of a frenemy ... We started making original content five years ago, betting this would happen."
  • Sarandos "revealed that he anticipates spending a whopping $7 billion on original content next year — up from more than $6 billion over the past year and $5 billion in 2016."
  • Sarandos' darkest fear: "The more successful we get, the more anxious I get about the willingness of the networks to license their stuff to us ... That's why original content is critical, so subscribers feel like they can't live without Netflix."
  • "I don't think we compete with Amazon in the movie space at all," he says, pointing to how Amazon releases all of its movies in theaters first. "I frankly don't understand their strategy."

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The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

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Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.

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The state of play: Most are holding their fire and punting to state Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into sexual harassment allegations. They expect the inquiry to be credible and thorough — and buy Cuomo badly needed breathing room.